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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After New Hampshire

Penske Racing has asserted itself as the team to beat for the Championship. Joey Logano recorded his fourth victory of the season, first in the Chase and third consecutive win for Penske Racing overall. Both Brad Keselowski and Logano have automatically advanced to the top-12 Contender round. Survival was the name of the game Sunday as several Chase drivers received some sort of damage from on-track incidents including Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: New Hampshire – Dover Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: New Hampshire – Dover Edition

There’s only one race left in the opening Challenger Round of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, but plenty of uncertainty after the Sylvania 300. Nine championship hopefuls are separated by only 12 points heading into the first elimination and four won’t advance, making this edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not a sizzler. Through two races, the revised Chase is playing out just as NASCAR CEO Brian France and other higher-ups envisioned it would. The AAA 400 at ... Read More »

Chase Drivers Claw Themselves out of New Hampshire

Chase Drivers Claw Themselves out of New Hampshire

As the Canadian National Anthem was invoked prior to the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire, NASCAR drivers did their best to pretend they were from Canada. The 43 drivers hit the track on an overcast Sunday afternoon, and evidently raced as aggressively as an NHL player fighting during a hockey match. The 300-lap spectacle was incredibly important, as the last race of the opening round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup is a week away. But that just made the 16 ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Sylvania 300

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Sylvania 300

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Despite a seemingly endless string of problems for the Chase drivers, there were still seven of them in the top 10 at the end of the day. The Chip Ganassi Racing pair was strong again ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

This new elimination-style playoff format has many people believing that some of the Chase underdogs have a chance at the title as along as they keep their noses clean and survive each round. I want to dispel that rumor right now. The cream is still going to rise to the top, as it always does. With that said, here’s a handy guide to all your Chase competitors, sleepers and also-rans entering Chicagoland. I couldn’t win the title if the rest ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Richmond – Chicagoland Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Richmond – Chicagoland Edition

With 26 races in the books there exist two distinct groups of drivers: those who qualified for the Chase and the many, many more who will have to wait until next year to lay stake over one of 16 playoff spots. The line was left anything but blurred after the regular season finale at Richmond International Raceway, as Greg Biffle grabbed the last available wild-card berth and Clint Bowyer was left mulling over a lost opportunity. It would be far ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Scouting Championship Scenarios in Pre-Chase Preview

Voice of Vito: Scouting Championship Scenarios in Pre-Chase Preview

Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway will mark the final event of the 26-week regular season and set the stage for the latest iteration of NASCAR’s Chase playoff system. It’s been 10 years and four championship scenarios now, of heading into RIR the first weekend of September to see who’s in and who’s out. Despite all the changes and new angles being advertised of the 16 “nations” that will be competing, a few constants still remain: ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons To Give Small Teams Another Look

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons To Give Small Teams Another Look

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has five reasons to pay more attention to NASCAR’s small teams. You have to look hard to find them on the weekly television broadcast. Rarely making a blip on the ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Tony Stewart Overshadows Atlanta Telecasts

Couch Potato Tuesday: Tony Stewart Overshadows Atlanta Telecasts

Tony Stewart: one of the year’s biggest stories across NASCAR, not just his Sprint Cup home base. Smoke’s story has permeated not just stock car racing coverage, dominating chatter with the usual suspects but mainstream media as a whole. It’s a phenomenon that shows no signs of stopping, even though in some areas it should… especially when NASCAR folk have full control. Example? A race, within a prevalent NASCAR series where Stewart is clearly not a part of both. Yet ... Read More »